Sanders: Flint water crisis ‘unbelievable’

U.S. Sen. Berine Sanders has called on Gov. Rick Snyder to resign because of crisis

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, democratic presidential candidate
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont speaks with 24 Hour News 8 during a visit to Grand Rapids. (March 5, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Still in West Michigan after a rally at Grand Valley State University, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sat down with 24 Hour News 8 on Saturday for a one-on-one interview.

The U.S. senator from Vermont discussed a wide range of issues, including the crisis of lead-contaminated water in Flint. Sanders visited the city last month and has called for Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, to resign in the wake of the disaster.

“As a senator, you meet with a lot people and you hear a lot of distressing discussions. People come to you with terrible details. Honest to God, in many years of public life, I’ve never heard anything like what I heard when I sat down a few weeks ago quietly with a half a dozen people from Flint,” Sanders told 24 Hour News 8 political reporter Rick Albin on Saturday. “The idea that in the year 2016, children in this country are being poisoned in the United States of America is unbelievable. It’s literally unbelievable.”

He said it’s time to create a “significant investment in our crumbling infrastructure.”

“When we do that, by the way, a trillion dollars over five years, we create 13 million decent-paying jobs,” Sanders added.

You can hear the complete conversation with Sen. Sanders, as well as an interview with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is running for president as a Republican, on the next episode of “To The Point.” The episode will also take you to a number of big events and rallies that happened in the last week.

“To The Point” airs at 10 a.m. Sunday on WOOD TV8.

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